Farmers’ Market ready for opening
LANSDALE » The 10th season for the Lansdale Farmers’ Market kicks off Saturday morning, and market volunteers and vendors say they’re prepared for their best season yet.
For the second consecutive season, the market will be located at Penndale Middle School in Lansdale, and 2018 will bring a handful of new vendors, including the youngest one the market has ever had.
“I’ve been coming to the farmers market since I was 7 years old, and I told my mom one day that I always wanted to have a business here,” said Madison McGill.
McGill is 12 years old, a student at New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia, the daughter of longtime market manager Charisse McGill, and starting Saturday she’ll be the proprietor of Lokal Artisan Foods, a lemonade stand selling $3 lemonade (discounted for vendors) infused with hand-selected herbs from fellow market vendor Kimberton CSA and several others.
“We weren’t sure at first what we wanted to do, because we were trying to figure out what the farmers market didn’t have, and we realized a lot of people don’t have drinks, and lemonade is a refreshing drink,” said McGill.
She will be one of more than three dozen market vendors who will set up shop Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May 19 through Nov. 17 at Penndale Middle School, located at Church and Penn Streets in Lansdale. Other new vendors this year include Emmaus based PorTch Tea, West Chester-based Aunt Mamie’s Italian Specialties, and several others that market organizer Carol Zellers said have worked their way up the market’s waiting list.
“We’re going to have pasta, we’re going to have lemonade, we have seven new vendors: somebody who does fermenting and infused vinegars, new growers — we’ve gone to the waiting list almost every year,” Zellers said.
New additions for 2018 also
Vendors and volunteers for the Lansdale Farmers Market pose at the entrance to Penndale Middle School in Lansdale, where the market will be held every Saturday from May 19 through Nov. 17.